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Art April, 6 2011

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA

On view through June 5, 2011 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Glen Ligon: AMERICA.

Glenn Ligon: AMERICA is the first comprehensive mid-career retrospective devoted to this pioneering New York–based artist. Throughout his career, Ligon (b. 1960) has pursued an incisive exploration of American history, literature, and society across a body of work that builds critically on the legacies of modern painting and more recent conceptual art. He is best known for his landmark series of text-based paintings, made since the late 1980s, which draw on the writings and speech of diverse figures including Jean Genet, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Ligon’s subject matter ranges widely from the Million Man March and the aftermath of slavery to 1970s coloring books and the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe—all treated within artworks that are both politically provocative and beautiful to behold.

The exhibition features roughly 100 works and is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalog published in conjunction with Yale University Press.

View images from the show and the book cover after the jump.

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